David Copperfield film, scenes of which were shot in Bury St Edmunds, to be screened at Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is to be turned into a cinema for a couple of days in February as it screens “The Personal History of David Copperfield”, parts of which were filmed in and around the town last summer.

The film, which stars Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Gwendoline Christie, Ben Whishaw, Peter Capaldi and Benedict Wong, will be shown on Sunday and Monday, February 9 and 10

From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all.

The screenplay was written by Simon Blackwell based on Charles Dickens’ novel and the film is directed by Armando Iannucci.

The Theatre Royal was used as a filming location for the best part of a week in summer 2018 with the Regency auditorium given a Hollywood makeover to transform it into a historically accurate scene, complete with candle lights and contemporary signage.

Both of the screenings, which are at 6.30pm, on February 9, and 7.30pm, on February 10, are fundraisers for the theatre with the Monday event including a 6.30pm pre-show reception and a post-show Q&A with special guests including the producer and location manager.

To book contact the Box Office on 01284 769505, visit the website www.theatreroyal.org/shows/the-personal-history-of-david-copperfield-screening/ or pop in to the theatre in person.

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